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2015 Panel

2015 Grant Review Panel

Philip KochIn his early 20's, the former abstract artist Philip Koch was inspired to turn to painting realist landscapes after viewing the work of the famous American artist Edward Hopper. Since 1983, Philip has enjoyed 12 residencies at Hopper's former studio on Cape Cod, and he has had his work spotlighted in 14 solo exhibitions in American art museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Saginaw Art Museum, and the Swope Art Museum. Philip's paintings are in the permanent collections of 12 American art museums. He is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. [Listen to our podcast interview with Philip.]

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Dean L. Mitchell: A graduate of Ohio's Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Dean L. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes. In addition to working in watercolors, he is also accomplished in egg temperas, oils, and pastels. He has been featured in numerous publications, including American ArtistThe Artist's MagazineARTnewsThe Christian Science MonitorFine ArtFine Art Connoisseur, and The New York Times. Dean's paintings can be found in corporate and museum collections across the United States, and he has received medals and awards from Allied Artists of America, the American Watercolor Society, the Autry National Center of the American West, the Mississippi Watercolor Society, Remington Professional League, and the Salmagundi Club. He is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

Dan Ostermiller is a sculptor of animals who has enlarged the scope of his knowledge of wildlife with expeditions to Alaska, Africa, and all corners of the West. In 2003, he became president of the National Sculpture Society. His sculpture has won numerous awards and honors, and has been included in exhibitions and one-person shows around the country. Among those on the impressive list are the annual Society of Animal Artists exhibition, the annual National Sculpture Society exhibition, the Eiteljorg Invitational at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Fleischer Museum's 1994 retrospective exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jennie Ottinger is a painter whose work has been exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently lives, as well as in Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Miami, and New York. The recipient of an Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, she also earned a fellowship from the Kala Art Institute, won Mills College's Sara Lewis Scholarship Award, and was named a finalist for the 2010 SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) award. She recently had an installation in San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, as part of a group show about Amy Winehouse, and will be featured in an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Center in July 2016. She earned her B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, and her M.F.A. from Mills College.

Watie White is a painter and printmaker based in Omaha, Nebraska. His specific interest in public art makes abandoned spaces his favorite canvases. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Telfair Museums in Georgia. He has been featured in several publications, including New American Paintings, Omaha Magazine, the Omaha World-Herald, and Oyez Review. Watie is a recipient of numerous awards and grants, and his work is included in prominent public and private collections throughout North America. A dedicated public servant, he collaborates with numerous nonprofit organizations in Omaha and Chicago. Watie holds a B.A. from Carleton College, a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A. from American University. [Listen to our podcast with Watie, and read our web interview.]

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